August 26, 2013

Finest Hour 110, Spring 2001

Page 46

BY CURT ZOLLER ([email protected])


TEST your knowledge! Most questions can be answered in back issues of Churchill Center publications but it’s not really cricket to check. Twenty-four questions appear each issue, answers in the following issue. Categories are Contemporaries (C), Literary (L), Miscellaneous (M), Personal (P), Statesmanship (S) and War (W).

1129. Who was the “grocer” who became Churchill’s “shadow” in 1939? (C)

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1130. What book did Sir Martin Gilbert, Churchill’s biographer, write about his 30-year quest for data on his subject? (L)

1131. What is the name of the publisher who will put all the Churchill papers on microfilm? (M)

1132. Who was the artist who created the Churchill statue situated at Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri? (P)

1133. In one of his early messages to Churchill (18th Jul ’41), Stalin urged Churchill to open a second front. He suggested two areas. One was in France. What was the other? (S)

1134. Which company built the USS Winston S. Churchill (W)

1135. When Churchill proposed, the young actress told him she “would not be able to cope with the great world of politics.” Who was she? (C)

1136. Churchill wrote, “It may be in future years…under just laws and patriotic administration, [this country will be] throwing open her ports to the commerce of the world, sending her ponies to Hurlingham and her cricketers to Lord’s…” What was the country and where may the quotation be found? (L)

1137. Who was Secretary of State for the Dominions in Churchill’s wartime coalition government? (M)

1138. After Churchill escaped from the Boer prison he made a speaking tour of the United States, starting 8th Dec ’00 and lasting through 2nd Feb ’01. How much was he paid? (P)

1139. In October 1942 Churchill wrote to Anthony Eden, “I hope these speculative studies will be entrusted mainly to those on whose hands time hangs heavy, and that we shall not overlook Mrs. Glasses’ Cookery Book recipe for jugged hare – ‘First catch your hare.'” What studies did Churchill refer to? (S)

1140. The British provided the Soviets with supplies during World War II, even though the convoys experienced significant losses. What percentage of losses did Churchill consider acceptable? (W)

1141. How did Churchill characterize the difference between Arthur Balfour and H. H. Asquith? (C)

1142. Churchill’s mother contracted with the Daily Telegraph for Winston to send them letters about the action at the Northwest Frontier. What signature did those letters carry when published? (L)

1143. Where was Churchill going when he was hit by a car on Fifth Avenue in New York City? (M)

1144. When Churchill entered Parliament he did not receive a salary. When did MPs begin being paid? (P)

1145. In July 1943 Churchill remarked of the Yugoslav partisans, “What we want is a daring ambassador-leader with these hardy and hunted guerrillas.” Whom did he select for the assignment? (S)

1146. What was the code-name for the operation Churchill wanted to open in Norway? (W)

1147. When Churchill became Under Secretary of State for the Colonies he picked Edward Marsh as his private secretary. Where had Marsh worked before his selection by Churchill? (C)

1148. Churchill wrote, “But very considerable misgivings must necessarily arise when a campaign to attack the monetary problem becomes intermingled with, and hampered by, the elaborate processes of social reform and the struggles of class warfare.” What campaign was he referring to? (L)

1149. Who joined Churchill in founding The Other Club in 1911? (M)

1150. What was Churchill’s favorite hotel in Marrakesh, Morocco? (P)

1151. What was “Operation Culverin”? (S)

1152. How did Churchill keep the Dominion governments informed on the progress of the war? (W)

ANSWERS TO CHURCHILL TRIVIA IN FH 109 (1105-1128)

(1105) Dean Acheson, Truman’s Secretary of State, said Britain had “lost an Empire and failed to find a role.”

(1106) Churchill wrote a foreword to All Clear Aft: Episodes at Sea, published for the Seamen’s Hospital Society by Cassell in 1936.

(1107) The author of “Churchill: The Last Hero” was John Keegan.

(1108) The name of the motor launch which carried Churchill’s coffin up the Thames was Havengore.

(1109) To Tonypandy, Churchill agreed to send police, but held the troops in reserve and did not use them.

(1110) Bernard Baruch was Chairman of the U. S. War Industries Board when Churchill was Minister of Munitions in WW I.

(1111) Stalin called Churchill a warmonger in response to WSC’s speech at Fulton, Missouri.

(1112) The copyright to Sir Winston’s literary material is the property of his grandson, Winston S. Churchill.

(1113) Churchill’s favorite scotch was Johnny Walker Red.

(1114) Pretending to be his valet, Churchill responded on the telephone: “Mr. Churchill is a man of simple tastes; he is quite easily satisfied with the best of everything.”

(1115) Churchill selected as Chief of the Air Staff Sir Hugh Trenchard.

(1116) Scapa Flow was the wartime anchorage for the British fleet.

(1117) When referring to “the great white eagle,” Churchill meant William Ewart Gladstone during the reading of the Home Rule Bill.

(1118) American editions of The Second World War lack all the folding plates, and the maps which were printed are only in one color.

(1119) The only child who accompanied Churchill into the Prime Minister’s residence was Mary.

(1120) Churchill was initiated into the Freemasons on 24 May 1901 at the age of 26.

(1121) Churchill proposed to govern Mesopotamia by means of “aeroplanes and armoured cars.”

(1122) Eligibility for discharge after WW1 was at first limited to men who had fought more than two years and was based on age, length of service and wounds.

(1123) Colonel the Lord Sydenham of Combe commented on Churchill the Historian, in The World Crisis by Winston Churchill: A Criticism.

(1124) Churchill considered Gibbon and Macaulay his “Literary Gods.”

(1125) Churchill called his daughter Marigold “Duckadilly.”

(1126) The secretary to whom Churchill dictated “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed, by so many, to so few” was Mrs. Kathleen Hill.

(1127) The “spheres” assigned to the British in support of the White Russians were Armenia, Kazakhistan and the Caucasus.

(1128) Churchill wrote this memorandum saying “Russia is a long way off” at the end of 1918. 

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